Schematics are important for EE.SE. If you look at the question landing page, you can't easily spot the schematic editor, unless you've used it before. It gets lost the button noise. Nor does the question landing page impress the need for a schematic. The word schematic is nowhere on that page. That's a usability fail, especially for newcomers.
I'm looking for something that will give new users a pointer for adding schematics, so that I don't have to write cookie cutter messages like the below, which I just wrote a new user:
add a schematic and refer to that in your question. Click on the button showing a diode with a pen on it (or hit Ctrl+M) in the question editor. Alternatively, you can add a ready-image by clicking the blueish frame icon (shortcut ctrl+G), but please ensure it reflects your actual circuit.
Since SE is outsourcing the schematic editor, I guess adding instructions like to the question page were not a priority either... I see we have a detailed policy for what schematics should contain, but not much in the way of more newbie-friendly advice. (I find the SE help pages in general rather byzantine, perhaps a little better than Wikipedia... but not much. In particular they're not very customized for each site but tend to be rather bland.) The sort of discussion that concluded that that policy page is all that's needed in terms of help, flies in the face of the experience of newbies having to be told over and over. From what I remember, I've found that policy page many months after I was already using the EE.SE site.
Summarizing my main points from above:
- The question page should better impress the need for schematic[s] on the [new] user...
- ... and it should also contain a textual description on how add schematics... even if just in the way of a hyperlinked word "schematic" deferring the details to another help page.
- The policy/FAQ page for what schematics need contain should be mentioned in the more detailed help... but we can't rely just on the existence of that [somewhere in guts of the meta site] to get new users to add schematics.
Finally, I'm not exactly a SE-customization expert, so I don't know how feasible is to change the "How to Ask" and/or "How to Format" boxes... or any visuals of the question page for that matter. So, this is a high-level feature suggestion, but the details on how to achieve these goals need some discussion.